Miss Freeport concert raises about $2,000 for Rushford Fund

Miss Freeport concert raises about $2,000 for Rushford Fund

By Brandon Reid, Assistant Editor

Freeport’s sweetheart—Miss Freeport 2003 Michelle Maves—sang and danced for Rockford’s sweetheart—5-year-old kidney recipient Angela Rushford—before an audience of around 200 May 30 at Highland Community College’s Ferguson Fine Arts Center in Freeport.

The one-woman concert raised about $2,000 for the Angela Rushford Children’s Organ Donation Fund and served as a tune-up for Maves, who will be competing for the Miss Illinois crown later this month.

Maves, 19, demonstrated an unwavering vocal showcase, taking the audience from set to set and showing signs of Patsy Cline and Katherine Zeta-Jones.

In her first act, Maves performed a number of tunes, including Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” Chicago’s “All That Jazz,” and “Amazing Grace.” She also accompanied herself on the piano on one song, marking the first time she had played the piano before such a large audience.

Her second act took the audience to the corner of 42nd and Broadway in her one-woman show “Give My Regards to Broadway.” Maves performed acts from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, and Phantom of the Opera while changing costumes between each act.

Maves, now a sophomore in Musical Theatre and Communications at North Central College in Naperville, has been performing in the Northern Illinois area since she was 3, including singing the National Anthem at Wrigley Field, Comiskey Park and at Milwaukee Bucks games. She also won a Q-98.5 contest that allowed her to sing on stage at the MetroCentre with country music star Shania Twain.

The Angela Rushford Children’s Organ Donation Fund was founded in mid-January 2003 shortly after Rushford underwent a kidney transplant in attempts to correct polycystic renal failure. The fund offers financial assistance to help families curb the costs of organ transplants.

Contributions to the Angela Rushford Children’s Organ Donation Fund can be made by contacting the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois at 962-2110, or by visiting www.cnil.org.

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